The legendary Penland School of Crafts played a central, pivotal role in the rise of crafts as an artform in America. What better place to celebrate Penland's 75th anniversary than at this state's, and one of the nation's, top craft museums, The Mint Museum of Craft + Design? The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience is on display through January 30, 2005. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Spruce Pine and Bakersville, Penland serves as a national center for alternative crafts education. Penland School instructors and resident artists created the 137 works on display in this exhibit, representing all media taught at the school including glass, painting, clay, metals, photography and more. MMCD is located at 220 N. Tryon St. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12noon-5pm. Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students and free for members and children 6 and under. Call the museum at 704-337-2000 for details. (Grossman)
JULY 15 - THURSDAY
The 2000 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport will be presented at 7:30pm tonight in the Knight Gallery at The Light Factory. Narrated by Judi Dench, the film focuses on The Kindertransport, a rescue campaign during which 10,000 Jewish children were removed from the destructive path of the Nazis early during World War II and relocated to England. The movie will be presented in tandem with the venue's current photo exhibit The Kindertransport Journey: Memory Into History, which will continue through August 18. Film admission is free. For further details, call 704-333-9755. (Brunson)
While many of the clergy will tell you that matrimony is a holy sacrament, the three couples in Jon Tuttle's Drift often turn wedlock into a damn game. Worse, there's a cunning private eye in Tuttle's jaded satire who turns couples against each other -- slickly illustrating that marriage can also be a lucrative racket. BareBones Theatre Group revisits the script that opened their 2001-02 season, revamping their production, and bringing it to Spirit Square for Week 2 of the City Stage fringe theatre festival. BBTG founder James Yost is the most prominent holdover, acting and directing. Runs nightly at 8pm through Saturday with a 2pm Sunday matinee. Single tickets are $19.99. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)
The Chickspeare banditas are out to prove once again that Shakespeare can be wicked fun, serving up a fresh helping of their ever-popular Quickspeare. Made from the finest cuts of Avonese comedy, mixed with a glob of saucily altered Hamlet, then seasoned with stage combat, drumming, sing-alongs, and a pop quiz, the evening with Charlotte's all-female Shakespeareans is big fun. Quickspeare plays through July 24 at the Hart-Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th Street. Tickets are $15; call 704-334-1177. Please note: Chickspeare moves lock, stock, and Bard to the City Stage Festival for an extra weekend, July 29-August 1 at Spirit Square. (Tannenbaum)
JULY 16 - FRIDAY
The 2nd annual Animal Aid concert to benefit Animal Fund (a non-profit feral rescue organization) takes place tonight at the Double Door Inn. For a $5 donation at the door, you can hear the following groups, all of whom have donated their time: 8pm, Star Climber; 9pm, Laura Blackley Band; 10pm, Full Grown; 11pm, the Robin Rogers Band; 12midnight, Phil Harmonic Blues Band. Animal Fund was founded over a decade ago, and currently supports three colonies of ferals, which have been spayed/neutered and supported with food and, on occasion, shelter. For more information about the fund, call 704-756-0487; for info about the show, go to www.doubledoorinn.com or call 704-376-1446. (Schacht)
JULY 19 - MONDAY
The Charlotte Knights host the Indianapolis Indians in a two-game series at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill today and tomorrow. So far this season, the Knights have a winning record against the Indians (5-3). The game tonight starts at 7:15pm and tomorrow's game is at 12:15pm. Tickets start at $6 and may be purchased by calling 704-36-HOMER.
JULY 20 - TUESDAY
Take a long lunch today and catch the Charlotte Sting as they play the second of two games in a row against the New York Liberty. Tip off's at 12noon at Charlotte Coliseum. Today is Camp Day, which means the first 10,000 fans will receive kazoos, because when you think of camp, you naturally think of kazoos (?). Call 1-877-WNBA-TIX for your (duh) tickets starting at just $10. (Grossman)
Longtime NPR host Bob Edwards, fresh off a new round of fame for being canned as public radio's most identifiable voice, is in town to discuss his new book, Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. Edwards will talk about Murrow's groundbreaking career as a pioneer of modern broadcast journalism; discuss his own career at NPR (including some audio highlights); and take questions from the audience. It's at Spirit Square at 7pm. Afterwards, Edwards will sign books across the street at the Levine Museum of the New South. Tickets are $15-$20, available at Performing Arts Center box office or by calling 704-372-1000.
The Regal Stonecrest movie theater will host In The Director's Chair With M. Night Shyamalan, an interactive experience that will be held at 9pm tonight. Transmitting from New York and linking with 40 other theaters across the country, the live event will feature film critic Joel Siegel leading a discussion with Shyamalan, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Sixth Sense and Signs. Exclusive footage from his upcoming summer thriller The Village will be shown, and select audience members will be allowed to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the evening. Admission is $10. For tickets, call the Regal at 704-540-7575. (Brunson)